Carolyn’s Acai Butter Lip Balm

Acai Butter.

Acai Butter.

Carolyn asked for some help to make a lip balm using Acai Butter. Carolyn wrote: I want to make lip balm with some acai butter I have. I just love the color and the texture. I would like acai to be the main butter so the color can show in the finished product. The lip balm base should be feel creamy and thick on the lips. In my cupboard, I have almond, avocado, castor, macadamia, coconut, sunflower, hydrogenated soybean, palm kernel, and apricot kernel oils. I also have various basic butters including acai, macadamia, and Shea. For waxes, I have beeswax and candilellia. For flavor, I would like to use something that might be like acai: huckleberry or something else. Thanks for all your amazing help!

A lip balm is easy to make, so I created the following formula for Carolyn. Before we jump into the formula, let’s talk about Acai Butter. I agree with Carolyn that it is a lovely color and I would love to see this color in a finished lip balm. That being said, I have yet to get the color to stay while making a lip balm that works well. The purple tones are some of the hardest colors to achieve in a lip balm without using a large amount of color. When I have made different products using the Acai Butter, the color from other ingredients over powers the color of the Acai Butter and the finished product has a lovely tan color. This includes the Lotion Bar and the Superfruit Lip Scrub. While the Lip Scrub only contains less than 5% of Acai Butter, the Lotion Bar contains 25% of Acai Butter and yet still is a lovely tan.

So, let’s make this recipe and see if we are headed in the right direction as far as texture and consistency. If we are headed in the right direction, then let’s make an infusion of Alkanet Root Powder in the Sweet Almond Oil and try this to make a reddish-purple color in the finished lip balm. Or we can use the Oil Soluble Lip Colors and mix Ruby with Blue to get a purple color.

Collect needed items:

Palm Kernel Oil
Acai Butter
Sweet Almond Oil
Castor Oil
Huckleberry Flavor Oil
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for the finished products

Recipe: (Makes 100 grams or 3.53 ounces)

Recipe in ounces
0.71 ounces Beeswax
0.56 ounces Palm Kernel Oil
0.88 ounces Acai Butter
0.88 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
0.35 ounces Castor Oil
0.14 ounces Huckleberry Flavor Oil
Recipe in grams
20 grams Beeswax
16 grams Palm Kernel Oil
25 grams Acai Butter
25 grams Sweet Almond Oil
10 grams Castor Oil
4 grams Huckleberry Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
20% Beeswax
16% Palm Kernel Oil
25% Acai Butter
25% Sweet Almond Oil
10% Castor Oil
4% Huckleberry Flavor Oil

Weigh all ingredients into your microwave safe container. Microwave using shorts bursts of time until all of the ingredients are melted. Once all the ingredients have been melted, pour into your desired lip balm tubes or pots. Allow to cool completely before capping. This recipe will fill approximately 22 Lip Balm Tubes of the 0.15 size.

There are specks of the Acai Seed in this butter, so don’t be alarmed by any particles that will settle down on the bottom of your microwave safe container. Simply fill the tubes and leave the particles at the bottom of the container.

Carolyn, I hope this helps you with a starting point. Let me know if there are any changes that we should make and we will make the perfect Acai Butter Lip Balm for you!


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About Andee

Director of Happiness. I'm a thirty-something soap snob. I've grown up with handmade soaps, and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps, and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!

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